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INSIDE Catholic leaders oppose Obama's support of same sex marriage Catholic leaders rejected President Barack Obama's May 9 declaration in a television interview that "personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." Read more about it on page 3.

Students honor Mary with May flowers

OLPS breaks ground for new $2.6 million Family Life Center If everything goes as planned, next year at this time, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church will open their new Family Life Center on the grounds between the church and the school. A groundbreaking ceremony held May 6 included Father Dan O'Connor, pastor and other dignitaries who have been involved in the project. For more information, read the story on page 11.

Happy Fathers Day, June 17!

SACRED HEART SCHOOL, Moreauville MAY CROWNING was held May 4. 8th grader crowned Mary and was escorted by 8th grade). 2nd grade, was  the flower girl. Fr. Marc Noel read the Act of Concecration of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the students honored Mary with flowers, Marian Hymns, and decades of the Rosary. See related pictures on page 13.


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Pope tells American colleges to strengthen Catholic identity By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI called on America's Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops. While he acknowledged recent efforts by America's Catholic institutions of higher education to "reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their founding ideals and the church's mission," Pope Benedict said that "much remains to be done." The pope emphasized the need for compliance with canon law in the appointment of theology instructors, who are required to possess a "mandate" from the "competent ecclesiastical authority," ordinarily the local bishop. The requirement for a mandate was underscored in 1990 by Blessed John Paul II in his apostolic constitution "Ex Corde Ecclesiae," but many Catholic theology departments in the U.S. have yet to comply. Pope Benedict said that the need for a mandate was especially clear in light of the "confusion created by instances of apparent dissidence between some representatives of Catholic institutions and the church's

pastoral leadership." "Such discord harms the church's witness and, as experience has shown, can easily be exploited to compromise her authority and her freedom," the pope said. U.S. bishops have clashed with the administrations of Catholic colleges and universities on a number of occasions in recent years, with some of the most prominent cases involving invited speakers who dissent from Catholic moral teaching. In March, Anna Maria University in Worcester, Mass., retracted its invitation to Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to speak at the university's commencement, after Bishop Robert J. McManus objected to Victoria Kennedy's support for legalized abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage. On May 4, Jesuit-run Georgetown University announced that Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, will give the commencement speech at the university's public policy institute on May 18. Sebelius, a Catholic, is currently at odds with U.S. bishops over the Obama administration's plan to require that the private health insurance plans of most Catholic institutions cover surgical sterilization

CATHOLIC COLLEGE GRADUATE Lola Yellico of Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y., prays during the school's commencement Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in 2010. Pope Benedict XVI called on America's Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops. (CNS photo) procedures and artificial birth control. Chieko Noguchi, director of communications for Washington's Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, said the cardinal had no comment on Georgetown's announcement. In his speech to U.S. bishops, Pope Benedict said that preservation of a university's Catholic identity "entails much more than the teaching of religion or the mere presence of a chaplaincy on campus." "In every aspect of their education, students need to be encouraged to articulate a vision of the harmony of faith and reason capable of guiding a life-

long pursuit of knowledge and virtue," the pope said. The pope contrasted the Catholic ideal of education with a current trend toward academic overspecialization. "Faith's recognition of the essential unity of all knowledge provides a bulwark against the alienation and fragmentation which occurs when the use of reason is detached from the pursuit of truth and virtue," he

said. "In this sense, Catholic institutions have a specific role to play in helping to overcome the crisis of universities today." Pope Benedict said that reaffirming Catholic identity in education is part of a broader effort to build a distinctively Catholic "intellectual culture" in the U.S., and a "society ever more solidly grounded in an authentic humanism inspired by the gospel." Although his remarks principally concerned higher education, the pope also praised the "generous commitment, often accompanied by personal sacrifice" of teachers and administrators in America's Catholic elementary and high schools. Pope Benedict acknowledged the schools' efforts to ensure that Catholic education "remains within the reach of all families, whatever their financial status." In a possible reference to proposals for greater public funding of religious education, the pope said that Catholic schools' "significant contribution ... to American society as a whole ought to be better appreciated and more generously supported."


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Catholic leaders oppose Obama's support of same sex marriage North Carolina voters approve amendment in favor of traditional marriage By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service (CNS) -- Catholic leaders rejected President Barack Obama's May 9 declaration in a television interview that "personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." "President Obama's words today are not surprising since they follow upon various actions already taken by his administration that erode or ignore the unique meaning of marriage," said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, in a May 9 statement. "We cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society," Cardinal Dolan added. "The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better." In December 2010, Obama said his views on same-sex marriage were "evolving" and that he "struggles with this," adding he would continue thinking about the issue. An Associated Press story May 10 quoted Obama as saying he wanted to announce his support for such unions "in my own way, on my own terms" but acknowledged earlier remarks by Vice President Joe Biden prompted his announcement. On May 6, Biden, a Catholic, said he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex couples marrying, adding they should get "the same exact rights" heterosexual married couples receive. The Catholic Church upholds the sanctity of traditional

marriage as being only between one man and one woman, and also teaches that any sexual activity outside of marriage is sinful. "I pray for the president every day, and will continue to pray that he and his administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman," Cardinal Dolan said. "May we all work to promote and protect marriage and by so doing serve the true good of all persons." In a May 9 statement, the Archdiocese of Washington said it "opposes the redefinition of marriage based on the

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clear understanding that the complementarity of man and woman is intrinsic to the meaning of marriage. The word 'marriage' describes the exclusive and lifelong union of one man and one woman open to generating and nurturing children. Other unions exist, but they are not marriage." In its statement, the archdiocese said it would "continue to strongly advocate for the federal government's existing definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman," adding it supports efforts undertaken by those who uphold the traditional meaning of

marriage." One such effort is a petition drive in the state of Maryland to overturn a law passed earlier this year to allow same-sex marriage in the state. The archdiocese covers five Maryland counties in addition to the District of Columbia. The Maryland Marriage Alliance said May 2 that a petition to put the law to a vote had collected more than 30,000 voter signatures. Nearly 56,000 valid signatures are needed by June 30 to add the referendum to the November ballot, with half due May 31 to the Maryland State

Board of Elections. "For us in Maryland, the vote on marriage this November has nothing to do with politics," said Mary Ellen Russell, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, in a May 9 statement. "It will be a vote on the issue of marriage itself." She added, "The definition of marriage is not a matter of politics. It is a matter of values and the foundation of society and family." In Washington state, signatures were being gathered for a referendum challenging a new Washington state law that legalized same-sex marriage. Opponents of the law have until June 6 to gather 121,577 signatures to suspend the law until the public makes a decision about it on Election Day in November. Otherwise the law takes effect June 7. On May 8, North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman by a 3-to-2 margin. According to an initial tally by the North Carolina State Board of Elections, 1,303,952 people -- 61.05 percent -- voted for the amendment while 831,788 people -- 38.95 percent -- voted against it. The amendment read, "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state." It enshrines the definition of traditional marriage in the state constitution, elevating it from what has been state law since 1996. The outcome in North Carolina "affirms the authentic and timeless meaning of marriage," said Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., "(It) demonstrates people's awareness of the essential role that marriage, as the union of a man and a woman, plays for the common good," Bishop Cordileone said "Marriage is not a partisan issue, "but a matter of justice, fairness and equality for the law to uphold every child's basic right to be welcomed and raised by his or her mother and father together."


PAGE 4 The month of May is highlighted by many events and activities. Of course, it is the month, par excellence, dedicated to our Blessed Mother and also to our own mothers as we honor them on the second Sunday of the month. Many parishes also schedule May Crowning and First Communion as well. There are also quite a few more Confirmations on my calendar. Add to those the end of school activities, including Baccalaureate celebrations, award ceremonies, banquets and graduations and the month is well filled. As you already know, the Diocese of Alexandria will be blessed with the ordination of Deacon Charles Ray on Saturday, May 26, at 10:00 am in the Cathedral. Additionally, the necessary paperwork has been completed to allow

CHURCH TODAY ONE IN THE LORD Most Rev. Ronald P. Herzog Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria three additional priests to come to the diocese to serve our people. We have been and continue to be richly blessed in having enough priests to serve in every assignment that can financially support a priest. Many dioceses do not share in such a blessing. The annual Day of Prayer and Fasting for protection during the hurricane season will be observed throughout the dioceses of Louisiana on Friday, June 1.

There is another request for prayer in all the dioceses of the country. The Conference has designated a “Fortnight for Freedom” beginning on June 21 and concluding on July 4. This is another step in our efforts to get our people aware and involved in the crucial issue of Religious Liberty you have already received a lot of information about. We cannot afford to be complacent; too much is at stake. This goes far beyond the specific

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issues in the HHS mandate. And it is not, in spite of efforts to the contrary, a Catholic issue. It is an American issue. Please do all you can to make your views known to those who are decision makers at the national and state level. Looking ahead to June, there is still time to register for our annual Steubenville South Youth Conference that takes place during the fourth weekend of the month. Also, this year we have had to change the time of the annual Taste of Faith dinner due to some complications in scheduling. It will be on the last Thursday of June rather than in August. More will be provided as the date draws near. June will also mark the spring meeting of the USCCB which I will be attending. This year it takes place in Atlanta so travel will be

less time consuming. On a personal note… You know that we have benefited from having many of our seminarians in formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. For several years I have served on the Board of Trustees. At the April meeting I was elected the new Chair of the Board. Also, the present Rector will complete his service at the end of June and will assume his new role as Rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. May the Risen Lord bless you in every way and may the annual Memorial Day holiday help you to focus on those who have served our Nation so well!

We could all do with a little 90 degree re-orientation now & then It was the 1970s and New Math was everywhere. Mrs. Veninge paired me up with a student who didn’t like me at all. Our task? To draw a straight line that was five inches long. We opened our desks, grabbed our rulers, and sharpened our pencils. I looked at the blank piece of paper and decided to draw a vertical line. Even in third grade, I was determined to be a bit different from everybody else. Norma looked at my line and informed me, “That’s not a line.” “Of course it is.” I said to the critic seated next to me. “No. A line goes like this.” She took another piece of paper and drew a five-inch horizontal line. I grabbed my paper and walked straight over to Mrs. Veninge. In a spirit of indignation, I presented my case to the teacher. “Mrs. Veninge, Norma says that my line isn’t a line. She thinks a line has to go this way!” I drew an imaginary horizontal line in the air. “But a line can go any way you want it to go. Can’t it?” Mrs. Veninge didn’t say anything. “Can you come over to our desks and tell Norma that my line is right, too!” My teacher just sat there for a moment. “Why don’t you go over there and find a way to show Norma that a line can be horizontal or vertical?” I wasn’t happy with my teacher. She was supposed to take my side. I was right, and I knew

Catholic By Grace Denise Bossert Freelance it. Why couldn’t she just come over and set Norma straight (no pun intended)? A line is a line is a line! What good was a teacher if she wouldn’t vindicate you in front of your peers? I shuffled my feet back to Norma. She had a really irritating smile on her face that said, See! If you were right, Mrs. Veninge would say so! I sat in my chair and thought hard. How do you get through to a kid who has no respect for you? How do you get her to listen and take you seriously? “Okay, Norma. Draw another line.” Norma took another blank piece of paper and proudly drew a second horizontal line. “Great.” I said. “That’s a perfect line.” Norma smiled. Then, I reached over and laid the palm of my hand on the center of her paper. I rotated everything 90 degrees so that the line was now vertical. “And it’s still a line now,” I said. Norma stared at her paper as a light bulb turned on, and a new schema took shape in her previ-

ously closed mind. “Oh.” Finally, she understood. Relief replaced my frustration. Sometimes, I want priests or bishops to just stand up and tell it like it is. “Come on over to the fullness of the Christian faith. No other Church is 2000 years old! History affirms who we are and what we are. This is the Church Jesus Christ founded. So why not reconsider what the Church has always taught about...” ... the Eucharist. ... the New Ark of the Covenant. ... what the Communion of Saints means. ... what the Early Church Fathers taught. .. Our Lord’s High Priestly Prayer for unity. ... heaven touching down in the Mass. ... holiness and grace and mercy and true social justice. Why don’t they just have one big come-to-Jesus-talk with the Normas of the world? Here’s why...I’m the one sitting by Norma. God gave me a brain and a mouth and a passion for Truth. He wants me to learn a few lessons about getting along

with Norma. He wants me to talk to her and show her the Good News. He wants me to be the Good News. There’s no easy path to apologetics. It requires tenacity. It takes a lot of ingenuity. You have to want to help Norma along - not beat her over the head with it. Sometimes, all Norma needs is a 90 degree re-orientation to the whole thing. And the floodlights turn on, revealing a Church that has stood the test of time. A Church that goes all the way back to Jesus and

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St. Peter. The Church that has been empowered and sustained by the Holy Spirit since that first Pentecost. With a little ingenuity and a whole lot of grace, a new schema is born in the hearts and minds of those around us. And Norma is left uttering a breathless, “Amen.” How do I know this? I was once a Norma, too. And many Catholic writers, speakers, and parishioners have shown me what a 90° reorientation can do. Thanks be to God!

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Why is the Acts of the Apostles read during Easter season? Acts of Apostles recounts incredible stories of how the Christian faith was spread by Rev. Lawrence Rice, CSP USCCB ForYourMarriage For most of the year, the scripture readings at Catholic Masses follow a familiar pattern: • The first reading is taken from the Old Testament • Followed by a psalm

• Followed by a reading from a New Testament Epistle • And finally, a reading from one of the four Gospels. But during the Easter season, the pattern changes. Instead of an Old Testament reading, we begin with a reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Pattern of Scriptural Readings during a Catholic Mass First Reading: Always from the Old Testament (except during Easter season, it's From the Acts of the Apostles Responsorial Psalm: Always from the Book of Psalms Second Reading: Always from New Testament Epistle (Letter) Gospel: Always from 1 of the 4 Gospels

Acts is a unique book in the New Testament. The Gospels tell the stories of the life and ministry of Jesus, and the epistles are letters circulated among the first communities of believers. But the Acts of the Apostles recounts the stories of the spread of the Christian faith from Christ’s disciples in Jerusalem, to most of the ancient world. Not precisely history in the modern sense of the word, Acts was written by the evangelist Luke. Ideally, it should be read as the second half of the story told in Luke’s Gospel. It shows the remarkable transformation that happens to Jesus’ followers as they come to terms with the reality of his resurrection. When they receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they gain the courage, strength, and wisdom to carry their new faith beyond the communities of their own people. This was a significant change in an ancient mind-set: this new faith was not for a specific people, but was to be shared with all the world. The Acts of the Apostles recounts the heroism and struggles of those first disciples and first martyrs. In chapter two there is an idealized description of the first believers’ life together, where everything is shared, and everyone prays together in perfect accord. Soon enough there are disputes, controversies, persecutions, and divisions. But through it all, God’s Spirit guides the nascent Church to carry on Christ’s mission in the world. If you have an hour or two this Easter season, you might try reading the Acts of the Apostles in one sitting. It’s the best way to get a sense of the entire story. In many ways, it’s still our story, as we work to carry out the same mission given to those first believers. During the fifty days of this Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles should give us hope that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide the followers of the risen Lord.

Amazing Acts

of the Apostles

1 The Ascension of Jesus. Election of Mathias. 2 Peter's sermon converts 3,000 souls. 3 Peter heals a lame man. 4 Apostles preach with great power. 5 Angel releases Apostles from prison. 6 Stephen is filled with faith and does great wonders. 7 Stephen becomes first martyr. 8 Holy Spirit works through Apostles. 9 Peter has vision allowing people to eat "unclean" meat. 10 Cornelius and Peter see a vision. 11 First time disciples are called Christians. 12 James is killed and Herod is eaten by worms. 13 Barnabas and Saul (Paul) begin ministry. 14 Paul stoned, but is revived. 15 Apostles directed to not accept circumcision as

requirement for salvation.

16 Holy Spirit forbids Paul to preach in Asia and Bithynia,

but to go instead to Macedonia.

17 Greeks join Paul and Silas. 18 Paul sets out on third missionary journey. 19 Paul does unusual miracles. 20 Eutychus raised from the dead. 21 Paul warned by Holy Spirit not to go to Jerusalem. 22 Paul tells of his conversion. 23 The Lord appears to Paul at night. 24 Felix touched by Paul's anointed speech. 25 Paul witnesses to Agrippa. 26 Agrippa perceives that Paul is innocent. 27 Paul warns shipmates of dangerous trip. 28 Paul continues to heal and preach.


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Five invested as Knights of Holy Sepulchre HOLY SEPULCHRE KNIGHTS INVESTITURE. Two couples and one priest from the Diocese of Alexandria were invested April 21 into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during its annual meeting in Atlanta. Standing with Bishop Ronald Herzog are the newly invested: (from left) Larry and Carol Feldkamp, St. Frances Cabrini parish, Alexandria; Katy and Tom Hall, Immaculate Conception parish, Natchitoches; and Father Adam Travis, St. Rita parish, Alexandria. Other members from the diocese who attended were Fr. Chad Partain, Henry Kinberger, Roz & Pierre Allemond, and Gus & Elizabeth Agosto. FUTURE PRIEST? Father Pedro Sierra-Posada, pastor of St. Martin Church in Lecompte, presents a small chalice and paten to 6-year-old . Since last year, said he wanted to be a priest. A few weeks ago was a Day of Prayer for Vocations and the day of First Communion at St. Martin, so Fr. Pedro asked the First Communion children to escort to the altar and to be witnesses to his commitment in front of the entire congregation. Fr. Pedro: "Do you really wanted to be a priest? : Yes! (without any hesitation) Fr Pedro: Do you know any prayers? : Yes, I do. Fr. Pedro: "Then take this little chalice and paten and put it somewhere where you will be reminded to say a little prayer every day for your vocation and for other children's vocation." The next Sunday, Father Pedro asked what he did with the chalice. He replied, (holding up two fingers) "Two times, I went to Mass this week!" " reminds me of my own vocation 60 years ago, when I was 5 years old. I realized then, when I received my First Holy Communion, that I wanted to be priest," said Father Pedro. "I encourage all parents to support their children's vocation to priesthood and religious life from an early age through prayer and good example, with no pressure."

Seminary Burses April Knights of Columbus Council 9217. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10.00 Fr. Adrian Molenschot Burse Anonymous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25.00 Fr. Bartholomew Ibe Burse Anonymous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25.00 Fr. Jack Michalchuk Burse Anonymous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25.00 Fr. Basil Burns Burse Deacon and Mrs. Rodrick B. Broussard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 Msgr. Milburn Broussard Burse Mr. and Mrs. Anthony S. D'Angelo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 Charles D'Amico Burse Mr. and Mrs. Anthony S. D'Angelo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00 Dr. Sidney Rud Burse Mr. and Mrs. Anthony S. D'Angelo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Msgr. Joseph Susi Burse Dr. Joseph Landreneau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100.00 Msgr. Henry Beckers Burse Dwight E. Beridon . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$250.00 Msgr. John Timmermans Burse Dwight E. Beridon . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$250.00 Harold and Lillie Beridon Burse Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$400.00 Rev. Daniel Corkery Burse Total this month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,335.00 A Seminary Burse is an invested sum of money, the interest of which is used in perpetuity to help fund the education of men to the priesthood. A Seminary Burse may be named for anyone – bishop, priest, religious, or lay person – by the original donor, and can be added to and allowed to grow. A burse is completed when it reaches $15,000.00 but another burse of the same name can be started. Contributions to any of the burses or to establish a new burse should be sent to the Chancery Office, P. O. Box 7417, Alexandria, Louisiana 71306-0417. Very Rev. Stephen Scott Chemino, Chairman


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Deacon Charles Ray earns Master of Divinity from Josephinum Deacon Ray to be ordained to priesthood May 26 Deacon Charles Ray, a seminarian from the Diocese of Alexandria, was awarded the Master of Divinity May 12 from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy. “The Pontifical College Josephinum sends you forth to be heralds of Jesus Christ and his Gospel,” said Very Rev. James A. Wehner, STD, rector/president, to the seminary’s 2012 graduating class. “This pontifical, national seminary provides a formation experience in which seminarians can hear the word of God, study the word of God, and discern the word of God within an apostolic community,” said Father Wehner. “Yet no seminary can do this alone. The whole Church stands in solidarity with each of our seminarians today, as we salute these men and thank God for their accomplishments.” Father Wehner was the principal celebrant for the Baccalaureate Mass held in St. Turibius Chapel, the largest of the seminary’s four formal worship spaces. He was joined at the altar by Msgr. Daniel Torres, vicar general of the Diocese of Lake Charles; Msgr. Ronald Groth, also of Lake Charles; Rev. Joseph McGaffin of the Diocese of Phoenix; Rev. Brian Van Hove, SJ, chaplain to the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan; and 2011

alumnus Father Joaquin Zermeno of Brownsville, as well as many priest-faculty of the Josephinum and of the Columbus diocese. “What a glorious day!” said Msgr. Torres, homilist. “We give thanks to Almighty God for the wondrous gifts of these graduates of this fine institution of Catholic faith.” Msgr. Torres encouraged the graduates to live a life of mercy toward others, even in the face of life’s difficulties. “The reality is that the world is tough,” he said. “Graduates, you must realize that it will be tough, but every day can be a glorious day if you live in Christ and are rich in his mercy. What you have learned can blossom if you truly live in Christ and are strong in your prayer life, humble in your spirit, listen with your ears and heart, and are merciful as

Christ is.” The Baccalaureate Mass was followed by a celebratory reception for the family and friends of the graduating seminarians. More than 200 visitors were on campus for the day’s festivities. The Master of Divinity, which signifies fulfillment of the requirements for priestly ordination, was awarded to 13 graduates from the School of Graduates of Theology. the School of Theology will return home to their respective dioceses for ordination to the priesthood this spring. Deacon Ray will be ordained on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria. He will celebrate his First Mass the following day, also at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

MASTER OF DIVINITY. Alexandria seminarian Charles Ray is congratulated by Rev. James Wehner, STD, rector/president of the Pontifical College Josephinum May 12 during the 113th Baccalaureate and Commencement. Deacon Ray, who earned a Master of Divinity from the Josephinum, will be ordained May 26 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria.

Bishop Herzog named chair of Josephinum Board of Trustees Bishop Ronald Herzog, from the Diocese of Alexandria, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. The Josephinum is a pontifical institution immediately subject to the Holy See, through the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, and governed by the Board of Trustees. Bishop Herzog will be

succeeding Bishop Daniel Conlon from the Diocese of Joliette, IL as Chairman of the Board. In addition to Archbishop Vigano and Bishop Herzog, there are 21 other members who make up the Board of Trustees. Bishop Herzog is a 1968 graduate of the Josephinum, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, 4 years of Theology, and a STB granted in association with Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The Pontifical College Josephinum is a Roman Catholic seminary whose mission is to prepare men for the ordained priesthood through human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation. It is the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy. Its programs follow the norms established by the Code of Canon Law, the Congregation for Catholic Education, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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Louisiana Catholic Summer Roadtrips Low on vacation funds? Plan a road trip and learn more about the roots of your faith NATCHITOCHES AREA Visit Natchitoches, Louisiana's oldest town, established in 1714. There's so much to see in this quaint little town, known for its French colonial charm and as the film site of "Steel Magnolias." Explore the Landmark Historic District with shopping, dining, and attractions plus historic fort sites, museums, and year-round cultural events and festivals. Natchitoches is the Bed and Breakfast capital of the state. Start with the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, a magnificent church established in 1728. Walk across the street to its Historic Museum, where you can see 200-year old vestments, letters from bishops, and sacred vessels. If you're into geneaology, don't miss the American Cemetery,established in 1714 by Juchereau de St. Denis. It is located on Second Street, just blocks from the Catholic Cemetery, located on 5th street. About 20 miles south of Natchitoches is the site of St. Augustine Church, where Nicholas Augustine Metoyer and his brother, Louis, were instrumental in helping Fr. Jean Baptiste build the first chapel for free men of color in 1829. Along the way, plan to stop

NEW ORLEANS New Orleans appeals to visitors in a variety of ways! This alluring city of oldworld charm and architecture, legendary hosptiality and music, and distinctive culture and cuisine, also has a long history permeated by the Catholic fatih. Moreover, Catholicism continues to be a source of enrichment for those who visit or call New Orleans home. The city is blessed with an unparalleled number of renowned Catholic shrines, and no trip to New Orleans is complete without experiencing the many sacred sites that welcome guests of all faiths here. at any of the beautiful plantations built in the 1800s including Melrose, Oakland, and Magnolia. Cane River runs throughout the area offering scenic photo opportunities. Every weekend through July, from 8 a.m. - noon, the Cane River Green Market offers fresh fuit, veggies, and arts and crafts. Admission is free. And, on the weekend of July 2021, don't miss the Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival at Prather Coliseum. For more information, visit the Natchitoches CVC at www.natchitoches.net

in 1892. Visit the two orphanages at 3400 Esplanade Ave and the high school, where her bedroom and the Sacred Heart Chapel are located.

Mere Henriette Delille Prayer Room -- Venerable Henriette Delille (1812-1862) founded the Sisters of the Holy Family to care for the sick, the dying and the orphans, and to catechize and instruct people, both slave and free. Originally the baptistry in the St. Louis Cathedral, this prayer room was dedicated in 2008 as a memorial to her. National Shrine of OL of Prompt Succor -- Since 1810 when the OLPS statue arrived in New Orleans, the Ursulines of New Orleans have shared devotion to Our Lady of "quick help." OLPS is patroness of New Orleans and Louisiana. Wheelchair accessible and gift shop.

Catholic Cultural Heritage Center -Having been completed in 1752-53, the Old Ursuline Convent, a Catholic museum, is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Over the years, this building has been a convent for the Ursuline nuns, various schools, the archbishops' residence, the archdiocesan central office, and a meeting place for the Louisiana Legislature. It is attached to St. Mary's Church and St. Louis Cathedral.

International Shrine of St. Jude -New Orleans' oldest church building, once a mortuary chapel, is now Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic parish and site of the St. Jude Shrine. The shrine's solemn St. Jude Novena every three months, draws people from various religious backgrounds who seek God's will and favor. National Shrine of Bl. Francis X Seelos -- This sanctuary of hospitality, hope and healing is within the historic and sumptuous St. Mary's Assumption Church, Louisiana's oldest German Catholic church. Free tours, museum, gift shop, visitor center, and wheel chair accessible. St. Frances Cabrini Shrine -- Mother Cabrini, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, arrived in New Orleans

St. Ann Church & National Shrine -St. Ann Parish was establihed in New Orleans in 1852. After a moving Lenten Mission in 1902 by a French priest, parishioners wanted to continue the enthusiasm of the devotion to St. Anne and established the National Shrine of St. Ann in 1927. The shrine was relocated to Metairie in 1973.


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Name that church! How much do you know about the churches that make up the Diocese of Alexandria? By Jeannie Petrus CT Editor The diocese is made up of 50 church parishes and 20 missions, located in 13 civil parishes of Central Louisiana. Each diocese has one cathedral located in the See City. In this diocese, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral is located in Alexandria, the See City of the diocese. The most popular name for a church in the diocese is St. Joseph, the patron saint of the diocese. St. Joseph churches are located in Cheneyville, Colfax, Marksville, and St. Joseph, La. The next most popular name for a church are those dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary or other titles under her name. Fourteen church parishes are named for Mary, including three that are named St. Mary, located in Cottonport, Jena, and Winnsboro; and three that are named for Our Lady of Lourdes located in Marksville, Vidalia, and Winnfield. Other church titles that pay tribute to the Blessed Mother are Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Alexandria and Mansura; Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches and Dupont; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Campti; Our Lady of Sorrows in Moreauville, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Tioga, Mary, Mother of Jesus in Woodworth, and Mater Dolorosa in Plaucheville. Three schools are also named for Mary including Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Alexandria, St. Mary's in Natchitoches and St. Mary's Assumption in Cottonport. Three churches are named

Christ the King Simmesport

St. Edward Church Tallulah

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IQ Test for Diocese of Alexandria Churches 1. What is the name of the cathedral of our diocese? _____________________________________ 2. What is the most popular name for a parish church in the diocese? _________________________ 3. Are more churches named in honor of Mary or Jesus? ________________________________ 4. Are more churches named after male or female saints? _______________________________ 5. What church is the only one named after a male and a female saint? _______________________ 6. What is the name of the only basilica in the diocese? _________________________________ 7. What church is named after an archangel? __________________________________________ 8. Where is the only church named after the Holy Ghost? _________________________________ 9. What is the farthest, most northern church in the diocese? _____________________________ 10. St. Paul the Apostle and Immaculate Conception were _______________________________ both established in the 1700s. Which one is the oldest? in honor of Jesus including Sacred Heart in Pineville and Moreauville, Christ the King in Simmesport. Holy Cross in

Natchitoches is the only parish named in tribute to the Cross. Of the 50 church parishes in the diocese, 23 are named for

male saints while 6 are named for female saints other than the Blessed Virgin Mary. Of the 20 mission churches, 14 are named

for male saints, three are named for female saints, and three are named for the rosary/family. One church in the diocese is named after both a male and a female saint -- Sts. Francis and Anne. Parishioners of that newest parish (established in 2010) had a deep devotion to both saints, so they named the church after both. The only minor basilica in the diocese is the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches. The only other basilica in the state is St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Other notable names of churches in the diocese include St. Michael the Archangel in Leesville, the only church named after an archangel; Holy Ghost in Marksville, the only church named after the Holy Spirit; and St. Edward Church in Tallulah, the farthest, most northern church in the diocese. St. Edward is 137 miles from Alexandria or two hours and 49 minutes driving time from the See City. Two churches in the diocese -- St. Paul the Apostle in Mansura and Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches -- were both established in the 1700s. Immaculate Conception was established in 1728, making it the oldest parish in the diocese, and the second oldest in the state. St. Paul the Apostle Church, the second oldest in the diocese, was established in 1796. Answers to questions: 1. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral; 2. St. Joseph; 3. Mary; 4. Male; 5. Sts Francis and Anne; 6. Immaculate Conception; 7. St. Michael; 8. Holy Ghost in Marksville; 9. St. Edward in Tallulah; 10. Immaculate Conception.

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Sacred Heart Church, Moreauville sponsors golf tournament Sacred Heart Church in Moreauville held its first annual golf tournament

Pray the Rosary: May thru October St. Joseph Church, Marksville begins annual 5-month outdoor illuminated public rosary The outdoor illuminated Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Marksville has begun its annual five-month public Rosary. Beginning Thursday, May 10, the community and parishioners of St. Joseph Church began gathering again for the annual tradition of praying the Rosary outdoors using an 8-foot illuminated rosary. As each prayer is said, a bead on the oversized reproduction of the Rosary is lit up. When the entire Rosary is completed, all the beads are

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lit up and shine against the dark evening sky. The project began in 2009 by the Knights of Columbus and St. Peter Claver. The Rosary begins at 8:15 p.m. every Thursday on the grounds of the St. Joseph parish hall. Seating is provided, but lawn chairs are welcomed. The weekly public Rosary will continue until the last week in October. Join us in prayer every Thursday night, while we pray for God's blessing upon our families, church and nation.

on April 27 at the Bay Hills Golf Course in Bunkie.

Winners of the tournament were DETEL, first place; Gulfco Insurance, second place; and Brian Caubarreaux Law Firm, third place. Closest to the Pin was won by Dylan Dunbar and Jim Beck. The Putting Contest was won by Anthony Salario. Pictured at left on the golf cart are Sister Sandra Norsworthy, Sister Kalen Sarmiento, and Father Marc Noel, pastor. Special thanks to Billy Duplechin from Marler Ford and Leo Dobard from Cenla Beverage for being the main sponsors for the tournament.


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OLPS breaks ground for new $2.6 million Family Life Center By Jeannie Petrus CT Editor If everything goes as planned, next year at this time, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria will open its new Family Life Center on the grounds between the church and the school. A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 6 with Father Dan O'Connor, pastor; representatives of the parish pastoral and finance councils and building commission; and representatives of the architect (Barron, Heinberg and Brocato) and the contractor (Ratcliff Construction). "We are thrilled to be kicking off this building project," said Father Dan. "This new Family Life Center will give us the space we need as more people continue to be involved in the ministries and services of our parish and school family.� The 14,000-sq. ft. facility

will include a large conference hall that can accommodate seating for up to 610 people. One end of the hall will offer space to accommodate a portable stage and the other end will be equipped with a full-size industrial kitchen. The conference area (or the Life Center, as it will be called) is the focus of the building, where much of the large gatherings will be held such as parish suppers, school assemblies, plays, church receptions and wedding receptions, youth retreats, and other events. The Hall can be dividing in half to accommodate two smaller events at the same time." The other side of the building will be the youth side, housing an office for the youth director, restrooms, and a conference room for youth groups to meet and gather. The building will be located parallel to the parking lot, and connected to the Madonna

GROUNDBREAKING FOR OLPS FAMILY LIFE CENTER. A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 6 for the new Family Life Center at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria. Pictured are (l-r) David DiStefano, project manager, Ratcliff Construction (without a shovel); Jack Randall, architect, Barron, Heinberg and Brocato; Chad Martin, superintendent, Ratcliff Construction; Rob Ratcliff, president, Ratcliff Construction; Jim Villard, Alexandria City Councilman-at-large; Emily Bruno, OLPS Finance Council; Jessica Viator, co-chair, OLPS Capital Campaign; Bill Aldridge, OLPS Pastoral Council; John Lyons, OLPS Building Commission; Steve Gauthier, OLPS Building Commission; and Father Dan O'Connor, pastor. Photo by Lilly B Hare Photography. ARCHITECH DRAWING of the new Family Life Center at OLPS, shows a large Family Life Center space on the far left. The center part shows the location of the kitchen and storage. The far right shows offices and meeting space for the Youth Director and Youth Groups. Restrooms and addition storage is also located on the far right. The facility is expected to completed in May or June, 2013.

Complex through the music room entrance. The back of the building will face Chester Street, leaving enough of the grass area for the school children to use as a practice field or other events. "We are very excited about this project and are looking forward to the extra space that it will give us and the central location of all of the buildings on our property," said Father Dan. The project began in 2007 when a Feasibility Study revealed that the life of the parish was in a critical place in its tradition. The first generation of parishioners built the original church (now Olinger Hall) and the school. The second generation built the new church on Elliot Street. "This generation was looking for its mark on the tradition of

excellence that has been so much a part of the parish," said Father Dan. "The parishioners decided that the ever-growing needs of the parish would best be served with a new Family Life Center." A capital campaign was held in 2009, under the direction of Tom Harmeyer, and approximately $3 million was donated or pledged. Of that amount, $500,000 was given to the school to increase teacher's salaries; $150,000 was used to build two new parking lots; and the rest will go to finance the Life Center. "Down the road, when we finish the Life Center, we are planning to renovate Olinger Hall into a new school library and art center," said Father Dan. "But that's down the road."

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OLPS 5TH GRADE DARE GRADUATION was held Wednesday, May 2. The program has been a tradition at OLPS for many years and for the past six, Officer Robert Floyd of the Rapides Parish Sherriff's Office, has led many young OLPS students along the path to good decision making in all they do.

OLPS RAISES $9,000 FOR ST. JUDE'S HOSPITAL. Our Lady of Prompt Succor School participated in the annual St. Jude's Hospital Math-a-Thon this year and raised more than $9,000 with 182 students participating (60% of the student body). Since the beginning of OLPS' participation in 2006, they have proudly raised more than $72,000 for St. Jude's. Programs like the Math-A-Thon have afforded 84 Rapides Parish children to be treated at St. Jude's Hospital over the past 6 years. Mrs. Merrilyn Norem's 6th grade class (6B) had 100 percent participation in the program. ST. MARY'S, Natchitoches DUKE TIP STUDENTS. On May 8, , both seventh graders from St. Mary's School in Natchitoches, were recognized with a special medallion by the Duke Talent Identification Program during the State Recognition Ceremony held on the campus of Northwestern State University. Selection for Duke TIP is based upon standardized test scores above the 95th percentile range. This selection qualifies 7th graders the opportunity to take the American College Test (ACT). Students who take the ACT and score at or above a 21 in one or more of the test categories are recognized at the State Recognition Ceremony.

ST. MARY'S, Natchitoches, ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARD. The La High School Athletic Association Academic All-State Award was recently awarded to who is a member of the 2012 Girls' Tennis Composite Team. The award is presented to a student who maintains the highest Grade Point Average among all athletes during their academic career while participating in varsity high school athletics. , pictured with Alan Powers, principal and Willie Paz, tennis coach, has maintained a 4.0 gpa.

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OLPS CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN CLUB is a group of OLPS 6th grade students who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children who are neglected, abused and underprivileged. In May, the group sponsored a successful campaign called “Peanut Butter & Jelly Time!�. With the help of all OLPS students, the Children for Children Club was able to donate 706 pounds of peanut butter & jelly to the Food of Bank of Central Louisiana. The Food Bank will provide this common lunch staple to Cenla families in need. The Children for Children Club hopes that the donation will provide healthy lunches for those children unable to receive in-school lunches over the summer break. Pictured are (sitting) ; (standing) . Members not pictured are .

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ST. RITA CHURCH CCD MAY CROWNING. The CCD Students of St. Rita Church brought flowers to crown the Blessed Mother at their last CCD class of 2012.  After the crowning they had their annual awards ceremony and many students received awards for Perfect Attendance.

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ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL, Bunkie. The 8th grade girls at St. Anthony School participated in the annual May Crowning May 2. (standing) won the essay contest and was chosen to crown Mary. Pictured are

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OLPS MAY POLE. Thursday, May 3 marked the 25th year that the OLPS 4th grade students led the school in the grand traditions of the “May Pole” celebration. This spring event marks the revival of life in early spring. The celebration first began in Europe with the English and Romans gathering flowers and decorating their homes and churches and choosing a King and Queen of May. Villagers danced around a “Maypole” weaving hung ribbons around the pole until it was covered in beautiful colors. The May Pole celebration was attended by the whole school and after the students enjoyed a treat of popcicles on the playground. Alexandria Business Machines Copiers, Printers, Fascimile and Office Supplies 5527 Coliseum Blvd. Alexandria, LA 71303-3708


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How Can I Participate in the Fortnight for Freedom? The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for a "Fortnight for Freedom," June 21-July 4, a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom. The diocese and individual parishes will soon be offering special events that will follow the great national campaign of teaching and witnessing for religious liberty. Listed below are opportunities for individual participation: • PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. Whether you choose to say the Rosary daily, or pray the Novena for Religious Liberty for those two weeks, or simply pray the Prayer for Religious Freedom, make a diligent effort to commit to daily prayer during these two weeks. • ATTEND DAILY MASS. Offer a Mass during the week for religious liberty. If you can't make it to Mass every day, commit to once or twice a week during the two-week period. • EDUCATE YOURSELF. Read the bulletin inserts provided by your parish or go on-line. Find out the issues that all Christians, not just Catholics, are facing in the world today. A good place to go is to the USCCB Fortnight for Freedom website.

The Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society are pleased to announce that the next Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will take place on Friday, June 8, in cities and towns across the United States In Louisiana, a Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will be held in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana State Capital. The rally will start at noon, June 8. Signs will be provided. It is not necessary to register. The June 8 Stand Up Rally builds on the tremendous momentum created by the first Stand Up Rally on March 23. On that day, over 63,000 Americans came out in 145 cit-

ies coast to coast pushed back against the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences. Now the fight continues with the next Stand Up Rally on Friday, June 8. Right now the entire Obamacare law, with its oppressive mandates and abortion loopholes, is under review by the United States Supreme Court. A ruling is coming at the end of June. If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, the June 8 Ral-

ly sets the agenda for future health care reform, demanding respect for religious liberty and freedom of conscience. But if the Court leaves Obamacare intact, the June 8 Rally advances the demand that the HHS Mandate must go. Come out on June 8, 2012— the 223rd anniversary of the day our Founding Father James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights, with its guarantee of religious freedom, to the First Congress— and stand up for religious freedom! For more information go to http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/locations/

• EDUCATE OTHERS. Share what you read and discover with your family, friends, and neighbors. Religious freedom is an American issue, not just a Catholic issue. • FAST, or make an appropriate act of reparation during this two-week period, such as meatless Fridays or a fast day on Wednesdays. • PARTICIPATE IN PARISH, DIOCESAN, STATE EVENTS. Not everyone has the time or money or even the physical stamina to attend rallies or other public gatherings. But, if possible, attend some of the public events scheduled in your area. • DISPLAY THE AMERICAN FLAG. Religious freedom is a right granted to all Americans in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. Proudly display the American flag on or near your home. • INCORPORATE PRAYER INTO YOUR MEETINGS. If there is a prayer said at your already scheduled business or civic meetings, pray for religious freedom. www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom


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What is Fortnight for Freedom and why are we doing it? On April 12, 2012, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4. Bishops in their own dioceses are encouraged to arrange

special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic institutions are encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths and all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom. The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our

country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher

Catholic says nation in need of prayer; so creates 'Rosary for the USA' By Joyce Coronel Catholic News Service PHOENIX (CNS) -- As Manny Yrique prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, his heart was burdened with concerns about the United States and the level of animosity in American discourse. "I knelt down to pray and I was overwhelmed by the feeling that Our Lord wanted me to pray a rosary," Yrique said. "I felt him telling me, 'Take it to my mother.'" He pulled out his rosary beads and as he began to pray, he was struck by the realization that each of the 50 Hail Mary prayers of the rosary could be offered for one of the 50 United States. Yrique said he's always had a strong devotion to Mary. He remembers being 8 years old, kneeling with his 6-year-old sister to pray the rosary while their mother was undergoing surgery.

"We didn't know if our mom was coming back home, so we took out our plastic rosaries, knelt down at the Virgin of Guadalupe statue that was over my mom's bed and we prayed a rosary," Yrique told The Catholic Sun, newspaper of the Phoenix Diocese. "It was like, 'Nothing's going to happen as long as Mary's with you.'" Yrique said he designed the Rosary for the United States of America through prayer, often waking in the middle of the night to compose the intentions. He has already given away or sold 3,000 of the red, white and blue rosary beads and has ordered another 2,000. He has a website, www. magnalitecatholic.com/usa_ rosary.html. Along with the rosary, people can order a prayer booklet or prayer card that lists all the intentions as well as the names of the 50 states.

and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose a date in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.

The two-week event will culminate with a Mass on July 4 at 12:10 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. It will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington and homilist Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Mass will be televised nationwide on the EWTN cable network. Check your local listings.

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Religious Freedom Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, forever and ever, Amen.

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Summer Events JUNE 25-29 SACRED HEART MUSIC WORKSHOP. Sacred Heart Church in Pineville will host a Music Workshop June 25-29 from 4- 7 p.m. The cost is $25 and is open to students in grades K-8th. Sing, study musical theory and rhythm, and enjoy dance throughout the week. Participants will show what they have learned on the last day during the 11:30 a.m. Mass on July 1. To register call 318-332-9325 or crchurchman@gmail.com VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS June 4-8 • OL of Prompt Succor, Alexandria -8 a.m. - noon, K-5th grade, $10 per child. Register on-line at www.promptsuccor.org (under Forms & Letters) by Wednesday, May 23. June 11-15 and June 18-June 21 • St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria -- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Join us for two weeks of VBS. $90 for ages PK3-5th. Will be using the YMCA pool facility. July 9-13 • St. Anthony Church, Bunkie -- 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Kindergarten - 5th Grade and Preschool: ages 3-4 • St Joseph Church, Marksville -- 9 a.m. - noon, Ages 5-13. Free. July 16-20 • Sacred Heart, Pineville -- 9 a.m. - 12 noon, CAMP STANISLAUS. Camp Stanislaus, an overnight and day camp for boys ages 8-15, is currently taking applications for campers for the 2012 camp session. Camp will run from June 17-July 14. Campers can sign up for one, two, three, or four-week sessions. Campers will enjoy sailing, water skiing, archery, rifles, swimming, field sports, crafts, hobbies, day trips and much more. For more information, visit the website at www.campstanislaus.com or call 228-467-9057, ext 277.

STEUBENVILLE SOUTH YOUTH CONFERENCE will be held June 22-24 at the Rapides Parish Coliseum. Registration is still open to students in grades 9-12. For more information, call your local parish youth group or go to www.diocesealex.org or e-mail centraloffice@steubenvillesouth.com.


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Can you adopt me? Six students available for adoption through Child & Family Services What so many of us take for granted every day, is a silent plea from the heart of six children in Central Louisiana -- being part of a family. According to Nancy Bordelon, adoption supervisor, Alexandria region of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, becoming a foster parent or an adoptive parent is not as complicated as some people might think. The requirements to be a foster or adoptive parent are to be at least 21 years of age, be single, married, divorced or widowed, have adequeate physical space in your home for a child, and to have the energy, time, and patience to give foster children the attention they need. "Many parents start out as foster parents, but it is not required to do so," said Bordelon. The first step to begin either process is to call the Department of Children and Family Services at 318-487-5921 or toll-free at 1-800-814-1585. They will direct you to attend one of the orientation meetings. There are four orientation meetings scheduled in Alexandria this summer: May 29, June 23, July 10 and July 31. At this orientation meeting, you will be given information on the adoption process and the issues you may be dealing with. If, after the orientation meeting, you decide to pursue foster/ adoptive parenting further, the journey begins.

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Foster or Adoptive Parent • Attend an orientation • Complete pre-service training • Be cleared through State and FBI criminal records checks • Be cleared through the State Central Registry for child abuse and neglect • Provide references • Participate in an individual home study

10-year-old is outgoing and loves to meet new people. She enjoys swimming, softball, and listening to music. Her favorite food is boiled shrimp! In school, makes good grades and will be entering the 4th grade this fall. adoptive family should have structure and patience to manage behavior issues and to help her learn to express her emotions appropriately.

, is an 11-year-old who enjoys playing football, drawing, school activities and church activities. He even likes helping with household chores! loves being the center of attention and prefers to be the “baby” of the family. is a great student and is completing the 5th grade. He is soft spoken and has a heart-warming smile. would like a forever family in which he is the youngest male child.

, an 11-year-old LSU fan, is adventurous, creative, and loves the outdoors. He is full of energy and has a healthy appetite. is a good student. A typical pre-teen, enjoys video games and fishing.

is a handsome 14-year-old boy with brown hair and brown eyes, who is full of energy. He is a funny child who enjoys telling jokes. According to he enjoys riding his bike, watching TV and playing with his toys. He also loves computer games. will benefit from a structured and consistent home environment where he is the youngest child.

is an affectionate, softspoken 14-year-old who tries hard to please. She is in the 8th grade and is an average student. Her favorite subject is spelling. She can be described as energetic. Her favorite food is a cheeseburger. enjoys singing solo in the church, riding her bicycle, and styling her baby doll’s hair. She enjoys being with children of all ages. She likes dogs, cats and horses.

is an adventurous and energetic 15-year-old who is eager to learn new things. She enjoys going to school and works hard to make good grades. receives special services that address her educational needs. She enjoys spending time with her peers and participating in school activities. ideal family is one that is patient and willing to assist her in her everyday life choices. She would be best suited in a family where she is the only child or youngest child.

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The next steps include completing pre-service training, being cleared through State and FBI criminal records checks (applied to all adults living in the home), being cleared through the State Central Registry for child abuse and neglect, providing references, and participating in an individual home study. "The entire process usually takes several months to complete," said Bordelon. "Our goal is to find a safe, loving environment for each of our children." For more information, visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov

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ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA YOUTH GROUP, Natchitoches, presented the Stations of the Cross in mime to Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners in Winnfield on March 28. The group performed the 14 Stations of the Cross without using words, only actions. After the performance, the Confirmation class from OL of Lourdes (top right) served a spaghetti dinner as a service project and fundraiser for the Manna House. Children and people over 80 years old ate for free, but all others were asked to pay one penny for every year of their age. The Youth Group raised more than $100 for Manna House. Members of the Confirmation class who worked on the service project were

OLL Confirmation class enjoys one day retreat The Confirmation class from OL of Lourdes Catholic Church in Winnfield experienced a one-day retreat April 3 by visiting various places around the diocese. During the car ride that began at 8:30 a.m. from Winnfield to Natchitoches, the group played car games including "That's My Saint," answering questions to a Catholic Faith Quiz, and reading scripture for their birthdays from the Daily Bible. In Natchitoches, they stopped at St. Anthony Church,

where they visited with Fr. John O'Brien, former pastor of OLL. After an enjoyable visit, the Confirmation candidates celebrated the Sacrament of Penance. Next, they traveled to Alexandria, where they attended the Chrism Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. After the Mass, the group visited with Fr. Martin Laird, the visiting Spanish ministry priest for OLL. Back in Natchitoches, the group enjoyed a meal at Nicki's

Restaurant and then headed to Holy Cross Church, where they prayed the Rosary and Stations of the Cross in the Outdoor Stations of the Cross garden. Back in Winnfield, the class had a brief practice for the celebration of Confirmation. Those attending the retreat were Andres Guerrero, Damian LeBouef, Henry Rodriguez, Kristen Ryder and Logan Sluss. Chaperones were Vickie Weeks, youth director and Laure Derr, Confirmation director.

OL OF LOURDES CONFIRMATION GROUP, Winnfield attended a day long retreat April 3. Pictured are

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Faith-themed shows, like Jesus Christ Superstar, on Broadway By David DiCerto Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Can it be? Has Broadway found religion? According to one recent article, a bumper crop of faiththemed shows, like "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Godspell," "Book of Mormon" and "Sister Act," has transformed Broadway into a "highway to heaven." So why the great awakening on the Great White Way? "I think there is a "God moment" breaking out in the entertainment culture that's partly driven by a quest for profits in difficult economic times, but also by people's never-ending quest for transcendent meaning," said Tom Allen of Allied Faith and Family, a marketing agency that is trying to promote shows like "Sister Act" to Christians. The Tony-nominated musical is emblematic of this religious revival: flashy and brash, yet earnestly spiritual. The same can be said for the recently closed "Leap of Faith," which is contemplating a possible national tour. Both musicals were adapted from 1992 movies and feature music by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken. Both also deal with themes of redemption and salvation. "I think people are tired of hearing about selfish people feeling sorry for themselves," said Fred Applegate, who plays a pastor in "Sister Act" and who believes the uptick in religious productions underscores a need "for hope." Allen concurred. "What's happening now is almost like our collective conscience prompting

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ACTOR PORTRAYING JESUS IN REVIVAL OF 'JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR'. Ted Neeley, who plays Jesus in the revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar," is seen onstage in the musical in New York. (CNS photo/Joan Marcus) convent. Beyond Menken's roofraising score, there's a lot to like about the production. The scenic design evokes a Catholic nostalgia -- from the confessional in the theater's lobby to the rose window that dominates many of the musical numbers. Though the set suggests a church interior, to avoid offending those who might deem the backdrop as inappropriate for rapping nuns

in hip-hop habits, no mention is made of Mass.

"The creators of the show were very careful about that," said Applegate, who identifies himself as Catholic. "There is no altar, no tabernacle, none of the hallmarks of a sacred space, except stained glass." Catholic theatergoers, however, may wish the same sensitivity and respect had been applied to the, at times, irreverent humor, including a reference to the Eucharist as "holy wafers" and a "moral high colonic," and Applegate invoking "the Father, the Son and the you know who." "The show was not created by daily communicants," said Allen, who acknowledged its theological shortcomings. "But (their) hearts are definitely in the right place." Rather than mocking them, "Sister Act" displays a sincere affection for the nuns and an appreciation of faith as a positive force in people's lives. Equally miraculous for Broadway, is the show's See, Jesus Christ Superstar, 21


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Mexican Catholics fight for religious freedom in For Greater Glory unsettled by the sight of an early 20th-century crusade. But if the Founding Fathers of the United States were justified in their NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Viva rebellion against British rule Cristo Rey!" "Long live Christ when it infringed on their rights the King!" (and pocketbooks), the Cristeros' Such was the rallying cry of attempted overthrow of Calles the Cristeros -- devout Mexican seems, on the face of it, at least as Catholics driven into open, well warranted. sometimes violent, opposition to The Mexican government's their government during the1920s tyrannical interference with by its policy of persecution religious liberty, while obviously against the church. This pious far more extreme than anything exclamation also serves as the taking place north of the border stirring refrain of the powerful today, nonetheless carries a historical drama recounting those sobering resonance with current events, "For Greater Glory" events. If the film can be taken (ARC Entertainment). At the center of director 'FOR GREATER GLORY. Santiago Cabrera portrays Father Vega as a cautionary tale about where Dean Wright's sprawling epic in a scene from the movie "For Greater Glory." (CNS photo/ARC excessively zealous, overweening secularism can lead a nation, the stand two remarkable figures: Entertainment) (May 3, 2012) warning is a stark one. retired but restless military hero The wide-ranging saga Gen. Enrique Gorostieta (Andy Garcia), a religious skeptic later, was beatified for his role in falls victim to the anti-clerical requires quite a bit of exposition, who becomes the unlikely the struggle. campaign unleashed by President so that the proceedings, it must be As early scenes reveal, Jose's Plutarco Calles (Ruben Blades), said, get off to a slow start. commander of those taking up But once the initially varied arms in the name of faith, and fervent belief was kindled by Jose witnesses his spiritual Jose Luis Sanchez (impressive his interaction with his wise and mentor's coldblooded execution story lines laid out in Michael Love's script converge, their newcomer Mauricio Kuri), a venerable parish priest, Father and is radicalized. saintly adolescent volunteer in Christopher (Peter O'Toole). Out to defy the government outcome packs an emotional Gorostieta's forces who, decades When this forbearing clergyman by peaceful means is another real- wallop. In fact, moviegoers of a life character, also since beatified, more sensitive disposition will Anacleto Gonzalez Flores be unlikely to escape without Diocese of Alexandria • Catholic Schools Office (Eduardo Verastegui). A pacifist tears. It's no spoiler to say that lawyer, Gonzalez is sometimes the phrase "heroic virtue" takes referred to as "the Mexican on a new depth of meaning when 2012-2013 School Year applied to Jose, who did not gain Gandhi." St. Mary’s Catholic School, Natchitoches, Louisiana A few passages of dialogue the honors of the altar by being a St. Mary’s Catholic School seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated and are devoted to debating whether coward. qualified principal to minister in leadership for a school community of more The sufferings to which Jose violent means should ever be than 400 students in Grades Pre-K – 12. The successful candidate must employed by Christians, and is subjected find their occasional be committed to balancing the strong traditions of the 124 year history as some viewers of faith may be counterpart in the intensity of the a parish school with embracing new and creative opportunities to lead the battle scenes. But the fact-based, faculty, students, and parent community to deeper spiritual, academic and social excellence. Ability to collaborate with pastor, parish staff, assistant principal, faculty, and parent body is essential. By John Mulderig Catholic News Service

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Applicants must meet the following criteria: • Practicing Catholic • Masters Degree, Preference of Degree in Education • Minimum of 5 years experience in Education • Preference of Catholic Education • Credentials meeting Non-Public School • Certification for State of Louisiana • Demonstrated Leadership Ability in Education • Availability on or before July 1, 2012 Interested applicants may call Paula Bonneau at (318) 445-6424, ext. 227 for an application packet. Catholic Schools Office, P.O. Box 7417, Alexandria, LA 71306

Deadline for Application Packet: June 1, 2012 The schools of the Diocese of Alexandria admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its schools. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

From pg. 20 sympathetic portrayal of the traditional-minded Mother Superior (Carolee Carmello), whose soulful "Here Within These Walls" provides a surprisingly heartfelt defense of contemplative life and counterbalances the more dissenting "The Life I Never Lived," sung by a young postulant. Opinions may vary on the jumbo, glitter-ball, disco statue of Mary, but, as Allen points out, one person's gaudy may be another's glorifying. "She's our Mother, whether people realize it or not. What better way to promote that fact

to the culture than by lighting her up on a Broadway stage in all her beauty and celebrating her." Ultimately, "Sister Act" affirms St. Augustine's maxim that, to sing is to "pray twice." But perhaps it is Augustine's perception that our hearts are restless until they rest in God that best summarizes the show's countercultural message. "Don't get caught up in the attractions and allures of the world," Allen said, boiling it down. "The answers lie within and above." This hunger for the divine is even more pronounced in "Leap of Faith," based on the comedy starring Steve Martin,

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faith-quickening tale the movie tells is sufficiently valuable to justify a younger viewership than would normally be advisable for fare of this kind. So, despite the elements listed below, "For Greater Glory" is probably acceptable for mature adolescents -- and may, indeed, do them a world of good. The film contains considerable action violence with some gore, the torture of a child and at least one mildly vulgar term. Rated R.

about a charlatan preacher who pitches his revival tent in a small Kansas town. (Ironically, one of the authors is an atheist, and the show was partly financed by the Passionists.) "Perhaps writers have realized that faith is dramatic ... and worthy of our thought and our time in theater," said Applegate. Perhaps it's the way these shows present faith, not as something irrelevant and gloomy, but vibrant and full of what G. K. Chesterton called the "gigantic secret of Christianity": joy. "It's nice to see people of faith portrayed as joyful, isn't it?" asked Applegate. Can I hear an "Amen"?


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Marriage Prep Program A team of Catholic licensed, professional counselors from the Diocese of Alexandria has put together a comprehensive seminar for use with couples in your parish titled Strong Foundations: A Values Based Marriage Preparation Program. Mandi Milligan Chapman and Holly Bennett Carbo have written a simple, pragmatic approach to marriage prep that includes a couple's workbook and a one-day seminar. Upcoming seminars include: • May 27 (Sunday), Sacred Heart, Pineville, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • July 22 (Sunday), Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Go to: www.comprehensivetherapygroup.com to register. For more information, visit the website, call 318.445.1651 or email hollycarbo@gmail.com or mandi218@yahoo. com. --Father Dan O’Connor, V.F. (445-9748, ext. 205)

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Pilgrimage to Shrine of Divine Mercy

A pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA is being planned. Call Anna Ryland at 443-7715 for more information.

Right to Life Conference

The third annual Rapides Right to Life Conference will be held Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Westside Regional Library in Alexandria. Speakers include Ryan Verret, director of the Center for Medical Ethics, in Lafayette; Mrs. Ellen Lee, "The Up of Downs;" Mrs. Sharon Halquist, "Are We Suppose to Hear the Voice of the Lord?"; Mrs. Donna Domzalski, "China's One Child Policy;" and Jasper Rizzo, "New Technology." A Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church. For more information go to www.rapidesrighttolife. com or e-mail Donna at guadaluperorion@suddenlink.net.

Christos Encounter Seminars The Christos Encounter Seminars on Christian Healing Prayer will be offered at Maryhill Renewal Center again this summer by Jim and Christy Gootee and the Two Hearts Team. This 3-part course, which brings you healing and teaches you to pray with others, will be given June 2-3, July 14-15, and Aug. 4-5. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday with prayer workshops on Saturday evening. The $300 fee includes all three weekends and the course manual. Overnight stay is extra and food is personal responsibility. For more information, see www.jimandchristygootee.com or call 318-641-6827.

MAY 21, 2012

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS, COURT 1459. Jeri Brittain, treasurer and Suzanne Medlin, regent, presents a check to Bishop Ronald Herzog from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Bishop Desmond #1459.

St. Martin Church Event 2012 St. Martin Catholic Church will host its annual fundraiser "Event 2012" June 1 and 3. A dance will be held on Friday, June 1 from 8 - 11 p.m. featuring "Ronnie Bryant and Friends. Tickets are $25/couple and $15/ person and may be purchased at the door. On Sunday, June 3 there will be a barbeque chicken dinner from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for $7/plate. A Live Auction will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL FIELD DAY. Field Day was held on April 26 at Sacred Heart School in Moreauville. Field Day is sponosred by the SHS Parent/Room Mothers Club. 

Bus trip to Caritas, Ala

CHARISMATIC DAY OF RENEWAL. The Diocesan Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Alexandria held their annual Day of Renewal at the St. Joseph Church Hall in Colfax on April 28. The theme was “Seek His Face”(2 Chronicles 7:14).  The speakers for this event were Aggie Neck and Joan Gahagan.  Both of these ladies are gifted speakers and are actively involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The day was filled with praise and worship, talks, testimonies, and lunch.  The day ended with a 4 p.m. vigil Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Colfax.

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A spiritual pilgrimage bus trip with priest and daily Mass is being planned to Caritas, Alabama on July 3-5, when Marija of Medjugorje visits. Rooms at the Drury Inn have been blocked for the group and bus confirmed with $150 for both, room reserved by pilgrims at $95 or less per night for two or more. Phone Kathie at 318-6404570 for details.

Pilgrimage to Montreal and Quebec City

Journey with Acadiana Area Pilgrims and Father Bill Melancon to Montreal and Quebec City in Eastern Canada on July 9-15 to visit St. Joseph Oratory, Notre Dame Basilica, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape, the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre, Parc de la Montmorency and more. An optional extension to Halifax is available. For more information, call 337-291-1933.

ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL SPRING FAIR. St Anthony School in Bunkie held its Annual Spring Fair Saturday, April 28. The day was beautiful and clear. It also brought in more money than previous years.


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May -- June Monday

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PRAY FOR FR. J. MICHALCHUK

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St. Mary's Graduation 7:00 pm Natchitoches

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PRAY FOR FR. B. MILLER

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Outdoor Rosary 8:15 pm St. Joseph Church, Marksville

PRAY FOR FR. C. MORGAN

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Outdoor Rosary 8:15 pm St. Joseph Church, Marksville

Saturday

PRAY FOR FR. J. MONTALBANO

JUNE Day of Prayer & Fasting for Hurricane Protection

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St. Martin Dance 8:00-11:00 pm Lecompte MEMORIAL DAY PRAY FOR FR. M. NOEL

PRAY FOR FR. J. O'BRIEN

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PRAY FOR FR. D. O'CONNOR

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PRAY FOR FR. K. OBIEKWE

Outdoor Rosary 8:15 pm St. Joseph Church, Marksville

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Ordination of Charles Ray to Priesthood 10:00 am St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria

PRAY FOR FR. C. NAYAK

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Marriage Prep 9:00 am-5:00 pm Sacred Heart, Pineville Adult Confirmation 2:30 pm St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria

PRAY FOR FR. J. NELLIKUNNEL

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St. Martin Event 2012 Chicken Dinner 11:00 am-1:00 pm St. Martin Church, Lecompte

Christos Enounter Seminar -- Maryhill Renewal Center

FIRST FRIDAY

FIRST SATURDAY

PRAY FOR BISHOP R. HERZOG

PRAY FOR FR. C. OGBONNA

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Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally 12 noon State Capitol, Baton Rouge

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PRAY FOR FR. R. OWUAMANAM

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Corpus Christi Eucharistic Processions After 9 a.m. Mass St. Paul Church Mansura (lunch to follow at Uganda Center)

VBS: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria -- 8:00 am - 12 noon PRAY FOR FR. J. PALATHARA

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PRAY FOR FR. B. PALLIPPARAMBIL

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PRAY FOR FR. J. PALLIPURATH

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PRAY FOR FR. J. PARDUE

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Outdoor Rosary 8:15 pm St. Joseph Church, Marksville

PRAY FOR FR. C. PARTAIN

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PRAY FOR FR. T. PAUL

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Right to Life Conference 9:00 am-1:00 pm Westside Library, Alexandria

VBS: St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria -- 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PRAY FOR FR. R. RABALAIS

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PRAY FOR FR. J. RETNAZIHAMONI PRAY FOR FR. J. ROBLES-SANCHEZ PRAY FOR FR. E. RODGRIGUEZ-HERNANDEZ

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Outdoor Rosary 8:15 pm St. Joseph Church, Marksville

VBS: St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria -- 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PRAY FOR FR. G. POOKKATTU

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PRAY FOR FR. J. ROY

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PRAY FOR FR. C. SCOTT

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PRAY FOR FR. P. SIERRA-POSADA

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Steubenville South Youth Conference -- Rapides Parish Coliseum, Alexandria Fortnight for Freedom Begins --June 21 through July 4

PRAY FOR FR. S. SOARES

PRAY FOR FR. L. SKLAR

PRAY FOR FR. I. ST. ROMAIN

PRAY FOR MSGR. S. TESTA

PRAY FOR FR. J. THOMAS

PRAY FOR FR. A. THOMPSON

PRAY FOR MSGR. J. TIMMERMANS



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